Bachelor of Nursing - Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse pathway

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Thu, 22 July

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
N/A
Duration
2 years full-time; 3 years part-time

2 years full-time; 3 or 4 years part-time for students who have completed the approved Health Training Package Diploma in Nursing

2 years full-time

2 years full-time; 3 or 4 years part-time for students who have completed the approved Health Training Package Diploma in Nursing

Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
3007303
Course abbreviation
BN(EN)
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

The Bachelor of Nursing Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Pathway is specifically designed for enrolled nurses to become registered nurses in just two years.

Specialist conversion units lead into units that build knowledge in professional nursing, biological sciences and social sciences, building on your professional experience and previous study. You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in specific clinical areas of interest based on availability and supervisory facilities and learn in state-of-the-art facilities with interactive models and simulation laboratories.

This pathway program is for Enrolled Nurses who are graduates of an ANMAC-approved HLT51612 Diploma in Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing) or HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. The course requires current Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Please note: this course requires students to attend intensive workshops at the Gold Coast, Lismore or Coffs Harbour campus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. We are joining the WHO in celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, by sharing the stories and successes of the Southern Cross nursing and midwifery community.

The Bachelor of Nursing Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Pathway is specifically designed for enrolled nurses to become registered nurses in just two years.

Specialist conversion units lead into units that build knowledge in professional nursing, biological sciences and social sciences, building on your professional experience and previous study. You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in specific clinical areas of interest based on availability and supervisory facilities and learn in state-of-the-art facilities with interactive models and simulation laboratories.

This pathway program is for Enrolled Nurses who are graduates of an ANMAC-approved HLT51612 Diploma in Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing) or HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. The course requires current Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Please note: this course requires students to attend intensive workshops at the Gold Coast, Lismore or Coffs Harbour campus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. We are joining the WHO in celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, by sharing the stories and successes of the Southern Cross nursing and midwifery community.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

An applicant must be an enrolled nurse who holds the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australian [NMBA] approved national training package diploma qualification to practice as an Enrolled Nurse and who is registered with the relevant Australian Nursing Regulation Authority without any restriction on practice.

Credit for prior learning

This course is specifically designed for graduates of the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled) or Diploma of Nursing.  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available for this course. For more information please view the Bachelor of Nursing Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Pathway RPL Guide.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score or equivalent7.0
Reading7.0
Writing7.0
Listening7.0
Speaking7.0

About the course

The course is responsive to contemporary nursing practices and provides content and clinical experiences as follows:

Professional areas: critical thinking and analysis, provision and coordination of person-centred care, independent and collaborative care, primary health care, mental health, acute and complex care, chronic disease management, palliative care, leadership and care management, aged care.

Biological sciences: anatomy, physiology, patho-physiology and pharmacology.

Social sciences: Australian health care system, Indigenous studies, philosophy, psychology and sociology for health sciences, legal and ethical studies and research methods.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourSession  1
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2
LismoreSession  1

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Coffs HarbourSession  1$28,800 ($3,600 per unit)093295K
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2$28,800 ($3,600 per unit)093295K
LismoreSession  1$28,800 ($3,600 per unit)093295K
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

International students studying in Australia

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

construct nursing practices on a comprehensive knowledge base to inform clinical reasoning and decision making to deliver sound judgements, safe, quality person centred care

use and contribute to research as a basis for ongoing professional inquiry and evidence based nursing practice responsive to holistic patient/consumer need

incorporate creativity, integrity, responsibility and accountability in professional work practices, community activities and ongoing learning

assimilate professional attributes and adhere to professional ethical and legal standards set by the profession to ensure safe and effective nursing practice

integrate and demonstrate professional nursing competencies and a command of the factors that influence health outcomes for person centred care in a range of contexts

possess comprehensive clinical abilities to apply reflective and analytical skills in initiating, prioritising, performing, managing and evaluating nursing practices in a range of diverse consumer and health related circumstances and environments

demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively with the consumer, the nursing team or as a member of interdisciplinary health care teams and effectively lead the delivery of nursing

apply and integrate an understanding of social, Indigenous and cultural diversity, a local and international perspective, and respect for the identity and dignity of all persons


Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods is used in this course including multiple choice examinations, short answer examinations, essay examinations, case studies, tutorial and workshop presentations, debates, written assignments and clinical skills testing. For each unit there are usually two to three assessment items.

Students are required to demonstrate an ability to develop and meet the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards of Practice, maintain a clinical e-portfolio and reflective exercises.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. Online lectures support face to face tutorials, workshops and laboratory sessions.

Some units in this course are also available online. Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note: In addition to the weekly online contact, all students will be required to attend intensive workshops at the Gold Coast, Lismore or Coffs Harbour campus. Attendance is mandatory. The benefit of intensive delivery is that students attend classes for a few days in a Teaching Session. The intensive tutorials enable students to gain the benefits of meeting academic staff,  having discussions and networking, while also having exposure to resources available for students. Teaching is supplemented by online material and support via 'MySCU'.

Career opportunities

This pathway program enables an Enrolled Nurse to become a Registered Nurse.

Graduate opportunities for registered nurses exist in a range of public and private health sectors; delivering acute and chronic disease care and management in clinical settings such as paediatrics, community health, primary health care and education; as a practice nurse in GP clinics, mental health, child care, aged care, perioperative care, Indigenous health, rural and remote area health, medical surgical settings, emergency departments and critical care.

Professional placement

Supervised clinical placements 680 hours provide students with experiences of nursing in public and private hospitals and health agencies. This may include acute and low care health facilities; community settings; mental health facilities; extended residential aged care; GP practices; health promotion and education; intensive care; health clinics; accident and emergency; palliative care; primary health care settings and related nursing and health services within metropolitan, regional and rural areas throughout NSW and QLD. Students may be able to undertake national and international clinical placements.

The 680 hours of professional placement is spread across several units within the course. Included in these units is a specifically designed professional experience placement for the Enrolled Nurse Pathway students to facilitate progression towards thinking and practice in the role of an RN.

The course provides for the opportunity to specialise in specific clinical areas of interest based on availability and supervisory facilities.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are.

The course provides for the opportunity to specialise in specific clinical areas of interest based on availability and supervisory facilities.

 

Professional recognition

The degree is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and provides the necessary academic qualification for eligibility as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

Please note: in order to register to practise, the Australian Health Practice Regulation Agency standards for English must be met.

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Domestic future
students

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International future
students

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Current
students

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Nursing, students must complete the equivalent of 15 units (180 credit points), comprising all core units.

Registration

Students must maintain registration, without any restriction on practice, with the relevant Australian Nursing Regulation Authority for the duration of study.   Students who have a restriction imposed are required to discuss this with the Course Coordinator.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Progression

Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.

Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular unit with professional experience learning.

Subsequent to the above, students who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 12 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake specified practice or theory to ensure currency prior to continuation of the course.

Duration

The maximum duration for completion of the award of Bachelor of Nursing is five (5) years in total which includes any period for a leave of absence.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure




Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: 80hrs Mental Health Placement
Note 3: 200hrs Chronic Illness and Primary Care Placement
Note 4: 160hrs Acute Care Placement
Note 5: 80hrs Aged Care and Leadership Placement
Note 6: 160hrs Speciality Placement

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